Chicago native Coleman joins Bradley
Coleman has quickly worked his way up the college coaching ranks since the Mac Irvin Fire club and Whitney Young High School in Chicago. He joined Tim Miles’ coaching staff at Colorado State prior to last season and went with Miles to Nebraska this past offseason.
When Bradley coach Geno Ford recently had an opening on his staff, Coleman jumped at the chance to be closer to home again.
“For me, I’m from the area, I’m from Chicago,” said Coleman, who played high school basketball at South Shore Career Academy. “I’m familiar with the state. Bradley basketball is like Nebraska football. They have the history. They have the lineage. They have the support.
“It was a tough decision because coach Miles is my mentor. He’s my guy. Coach Miles is the one who gave me an opportunity. I’m doing this because coach Miles is behind me. He supports my decision.”
Coleman’s ultimate dream is still ahead of him, too.
“I’m working toward being a head coach,” Coleman said. “I believe I can do that.”
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